July 15, 2008

Portsmouth Student to Serve As Hampton Roads Delegate at Cox Internet Safety Summit(TM) in Washington, D.C. July 22

CHESAPEAKE, Va., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth year in a row, Cox Communications, in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(R) (NCMEC) and TV host and children's advocate John Walsh are presenting original research on the behavior of young people online. Together, the organizations are working to help parents and guardians understand the potential dangers of the Internet.

Tanaya McLemore, 14, a rising freshman at Sweethaven Christian Academy in Portsmouth is one of many students nationwide who will discuss the findings from the research at the Cox Internet Safety Summit to be held in Washington, D.C. on July 22. McLemore is a writer for the Virginian Pilot's 757 section, and has appeared on the Cox Channel 11 program Plugged In.

This year, the study and discussion extends to the tween population, children between the ages of eight and twelve years old. Walsh and 2007 Miss America Lauren Nelson will lead the tween and teen participants in a discussion focused on ways parents and guardians can help children be safer online. Participating students will deliver the news from the research and Summit directly to Capitol Hill in meetings with members of Congress on July 23rd.

"It's important to make our children aware of the educational opportunities and the potential dangers on the Internet," said Gary McCollum, Senior Vice President and Region Manager of Cox Hampton Roads. "Cox takes Internet safety very seriously, and is committed to educating parents and children about the Internet. This Cox summit is a great opportunity to learn about the things children are experiencing online, and to share the ways we can help them use the Web safely."

Today, Cox released a fraction of the research findings that will be discussed at the Cox Internet Safety Summit:

-- Ninety percent of tweens are online by age nine.

-- Seventy-three percent of tweens report that Mom and Dad have talked to them "a lot" about Internet safety.

-- Ninety-six percent of tweens tell Mom and Dad about at least some of what they do online; seventy-nine percent tell parents everything.

-- Of tweens who tell someone when they receive online messages from unknown senders, the vast majority reach out to Mom (ninety-one percent).

"It's encouraging to see that so many parents are making it a priority to talk to their children about their use of the Internet," said Walsh.

Complete findings from the Cox Tween Internet Safety Survey(TM), including the points that concern Cox and its partners, will be made available at a press briefing on July 22nd, when Cox, the NCMEC, Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted," and Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson convene the third annual Cox Communications National Summit on Internet Safety(TM).

Also, Walsh and Nelson will also discuss the research and implications for families live in local broadcast television and radio interviews on July 23rd, and also will be available via Web cast 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. EDT to answer questions about Internet safety and discuss the teen survey in greater detail. To view the Web cast, go to http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=39334.

More information on the participating students from Cox communities, Cox's historical research on teen Internet safety, and multimedia files are available at http://www.safeteensonline.com/. The site will be updated with the complete findings from the Cox Tween Internet Safety Survey(TM) at the conclusion of the press conference.

For more information, contact Felicia Blow at 757-222-8432 or [email protected]

Cox Communications of Hampton Roads Virginia

CONTACT: Felicia Blow, APR, +1-757-222-8432, [email protected], orLeigh Woisard, +1-757-222-8496, [email protected], or David Grabert,+1-404-269-7054, [email protected], all of Cox Communications of HamptonRoads Virginia

Web site: http://www.cox.com/hrhttp://www.safeteensonline.com/